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  • 1993 Grub Tub Worlds – By Tim Baker publish May 2009

    Since 1978, when I bought my first boat (Rhodes 19, Khartoum), I have been keeping a race log for every race or regatta in which I’ve skippered a boat. Yes, that means I have 30 years of HYC race results and memories recorded in my sometimes-incoherent and abbreviated logs for a variety of races.

    This is my log entry from the 1993 Grub Tub Worlds. This HYC website has pictures of the ’93 Worlds so you can follow along with some of my descriptions. Please see the “Photosets” that are actually mislabeled “Grub Tub Worlds 1980’s”. These pictures were taken by my sister, Faith Baker, on September 19, 1993 at the Grub Tub Worlds.

    In the late 1980’s and 1990s’s, HYC had a fairly active Grub Tub fleet, especially for the fall classic Grub Tub Worlds. These were often wild and wooly affairs with offshore NW winds that tested the stamina of skippers and the integrity of the boats. The 1993 Worlds was a 7 Race, No Throw Out series. Though I am not positive, I believe Jack and Marilyn Burwell were the Race Committee for that regatta (thanks!), as they were for many years. Here is my log:

    Sunday – Sept 19, 1993 Grub Tub Worlds

    Starters: 10

    Course: Start at “aircraft carrier” near docks to Ball heading toward Spar Cove (p) to Ball near Caribou (p) to Finish at Start – all races – (Leeward start- run,run/reach,beat).

    Conditions: Wind was NW 10-20 with gusts probably to 25, puffy, gusty, crazy conditions, especially out near second mark. Tide coming in strongly. Sunny and warmish (not too warm).

    The Races: My first start was not good – I was probably middle of the fleet for two legs, but on the beat to finish I passed all by staying right out in steadier wind & strong incoming tide. Had excellent upwind speed and pointing ability all day. Finished 1st in 1st race – good omen.

    Second race I had better start near port end with clear air. I led for two legs, then got hit with a gust as I was ready to jibe around the mark. I had to let out main all the way forward and it went around the mast. The only way for me to gain control of the sail was to do a 360 to unwind it. I went from 1st to last there, but on the beat gained a lot back. I actually got back to 1st or 2nd until shortly before the finish when I ran into shifty gusts and lost headway, etc. Ended up 5th for worst race. At this point Henry Bliss and Parker Hadlock looked like the boats to beat, but Parker got killed in races 2 & 3 with (2) eighths due to near swampings.

    On the 3rd & 4th races I had great starts and managed to keep my boat under enough control to move out on everyone. This was great fun with good downwind speed and awesome upwind speed. Got 2 1sts in those. At times on the weather legs I felt like I was in a Laser, hiking out, weight aft, bow up, almost planing on the nearly flat water in 15-20 knots wind.

    Toward the end of the series, it turned into a demolition derby/endurance contest. Boats started swamping, breaking down, and dropping out with various problems.

    In the 5th race I did well all race, actually was in first near the finish but got caught in irons, Ross passed me for a 1st and Parker got the second. Charlie Cook swamped in the 5th race and lost his mast and sail.

    In the 6rh race I started oscillating & submarining badly on the second leg and half filled up with water. After losing the lead to Parker I figured I better just keep sailing it as best I could full of water, ‘cause there was no time to bail and sail at the same time. The whole weather leg I nursed the waterlogged boat and only was passed by Henry near the finish. I ended up 3rd with a boat load of water, barely keeping it up. Those tanks on the sides worked great!

    The seventh race I got another decent start – fairly conservative – several seconds late at port end with basically clear air. That kept me near the lead at the first mark. I was right behind Parker on the second leg when Tom Leach lost control, T-boned me, filled with water & almost sank. I managed to gain control of my boat and held on behind Parker for a 2nd.

    I was worn out by the end of the series. It really was great fun & good test of boat & sailing abilities. My design of Tubby Hubby worked very well. Good speed in all conditions, good pointing ability. Good design for hiking out from sitting on the tanks. And the tanks saved me in one race by keeping the boat floating & sailing while full of water.


    1. T Baker 15.25

    2. P Hadlock 23.5

    3. H Bliss 25.75

    4. M Pierce 34

    5. H Nichols 41

    6. T Leach 42

    7. R Cudlitz 43.75

    8. C Cook 52

    9. J Kimball 63

    10. L Hadlock 64

    Tim Baker, submitted May 15, 2009